Alarming reports reaching Basketballghana.com indicate officials who played pivotal roles in the successful organization of the Wheelchair Basketball event at the just ended National Sports Festival in Ghana have been shortchanged.
Inside sources reveal with the exception of Ghana Wheelchair Basketball Federation President Max Vardon, all non playing personnel who were in the West African country’s Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi for the games, have been given 100 Ghana Cedis equivalent to $22.61 American Dollars.
Reigning Ghana Basketball Awards Referee of the Year Gasu Quarmyne, National Team Coach Elvis Alupui and National Media Coordinator Sandy Asiedu were among the eight man contingent present at the Paa Joe Stadium through the entire competition which lasted eight days.
This is the latest controversy to surface in the aftermath of the multi sport event which took place for the first time since 2011 when it was known as the National Unity Games.
Reports during and after the competition of poor feeding, transportation and poor treatment meted to athletes sharply contrasts to what a well resourced competition ought to provide.
Budget for the event, which lasted a little over a week, topped $50,000 and corrupt dealings are rife about the Sakaa Acquaye-led National Sports Authority organized event.
Brong-Ahafo Region beat Greater Accra Region 27-25 in the final game to win the competition with National Team Captain Botsyo Nkegbe starring for the winners. Home region Ashanti clinched bronze.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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